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#16 Paulgo OFFLINE  

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Posted March 08, 2016 - 08:50 AM

As far as I know , all the K Kohlers have those gears, but most people take them out when rebuilding. No troubles with the drive shaft on my MF14. 3 point is an option, none on mine. Front wheel bearings went on mine, not a big problem. 2 speed rear ends are good, no trouble with mine. Ignition switch went on mine, but that is some what common with any garden tractor. Charging system needed wire end replaced on mine, mostly little things with mine over the years. Had to replace the engine, but it was bad before I got it. Noel.

What are these "grenade gears" of which you speak?

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Posted March 08, 2016 - 10:25 AM

They are called balance gears. They revolve with the crank to help take vibration out. But I have some engines with out them and they seem to run fine. When rebuilding, most people take them out. They do a lot of damage when they let go. Just my opinion, others may differ.

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Posted January 23, 2017 - 08:05 PM

I suppose this thread is not as old as it could be.


I'm back working on this, and want  to remove the engine.  The drive shaft is solid ( I thought it was two piece for some reason ) so it will need to be pulled.


From those who have done it before:  Is it easier/better to unbolt the engine end, or to pull the splined shaft off the transmission ?  Or is there some other alternative?

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Posted January 23, 2017 - 10:14 PM

When pulling the engine out I have found it easier to unbolt the engine and pull the shaft with the engine. This is using a cherry picker to lift the engine. You still have to be carefull that the shaft doesnt drop and break the fan, providing the fan is still one piece. Putting the engine back I will bolt the shaft to the engine and then install the engine and shaft, just take your time and dont get in a hurry.